Tuesday December 14, 2004
work it baby
I've been a Manager for a week now. It's taking a while to adjust.
I mean the first thing I did, of course, was think back to all the managers I haven't liked or didn't work well with. Sadly, they slightly outnumbered those on the positive side. And it's not like I'm grotesquely detestable in the workplace or anything.
This makes me rather nervous.
Also, when I won the job, it was over a fantastic guy in my team who has worked there for 10 years and is about 15 years my senior. He's been amazing about the whole thing, but of course he's bitterly disappointed, and being that I'm a cutthroat career girl with ...erm... feelings, well. It hasn't made me any less nervous.
Then I asked myself the following question. Do PR/Communication/Marketing Managers have blogs like this one? Cos I think I'm going to have to seriously reconsider how anonymous my online diaries are if I want to stay in an occupation where image is pretty much critical to getting the job done...
*sigh* I'm confuzzled!
posted by goldie @ 06:31 AM on 12.14.04
You'd actually consider scaling back DQ because of image?! No way lady.
DQ is more "you" than anything else - if anything, you need to bring DQ into the workplace! Believe me, the old wrinkly public servants who report to you now will love it.
Bow before the racy, lacey DQ Manager-type! Woohoo.
*sniff* I knew her when she was a humble Uni bum *sniff*
managing people is the hardest part of my job, for sure. give me giant catastrophes and an immediate deadline over having to write someone up or arranging schedules any time.
on a side note, i do hope dq stays as uncensored as we have been accustomed in the past!
I know you'll have to decide how much to censor yourself - since we aren't in the same situation as you... as for being nervous on the job - just ask yourself "what is the very worst thing that could happen to me?" Can you live through it? Then it's not a problem. ;-)
When my daughter was interviewing for a promotion, she called me on the way there... she was saying - OMG I'm sooo scared. I said, well, they aren't going to strip you naked and put you out in the parking lot... so what's the problem??? I asked if she'd be heartbroken is they fired her on the spot? No? Since that's about the worst I can imagine for that situation - just relax... Not only did she get the job, they said she was one of the best interviews they'd ever done. It's all a mind game - very very little is as bad as the worst you can imagine - so then things become easier. *grin*
I tell ya, I don't get here for a few days and suddenly you're moving up in the world - LOL. Congrats on the job!!!
I'm glad you are doing so great in your new position - - but then I never had a doubt about that - - just as I've no doubt you'll do what you think is best about DQ and that will be best :)
God that sounded sappy! lol
Huh. I never EVER mention the name of my company. I never post from work. The rest is just crap that happens to me. I say keep separate what's separate! But you need to do what's right for you...
Like you said, it's a diary.
I love that you are a manager! *yes Goldie, right away Goldie*
That's a good point, Goldie, as much as I'd miss your posts. However unfair it would be, that could very well be a factor but if you just don't post anything work related then perhaps that would work, too.
Being serious for once: My employers know about BTB. They ask that I not mention the company or any of our clients by name, refer to our product, or do anything that would associate the company with the opinions and other junk expressed on my blog.
I think it entirely reasonable. I do wonder why any employer could ask for anything more. Do you have reason to think yours would?
thanks everyone. I guess I just have to decide about being upfront about it or not. My problem is that a lot of my opinions are not something I would exactly express to the CEO or our stakeholders etc. Eg, the whole naughtiness thing *sigh*.
Besides, I feel like it's my business, even though it's out in public for all to see, yanno?